COVID-19 UPDATE: Health First Continues to Support Brevard, Prepared to Meet Needs of Citizens
By Steve Johnson, Health First CEO & President // March 29, 2020
Health First is prepared to meet the needs of Brevard County with any respiratory illnesses
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Health First continues its commitment to supporting Brevard County. Just like every healthcare organization across the country, we continue to prepare for the possibility that COVID-19 cases could surge, including here in Brevard County.
We are engaging with our community and our partners to meet the needs of Brevard and anticipate how we will work through a potential surge in cases together.
In times like these, there are often concerns about the preparations from hospital and healthcare providers, and we would like to provide you with a summary of information for you to inform your constituents.
Health First is prepared to meet the needs of Brevard County with any respiratory illnesses, such as COVID- 19.
We currently have 469 devices that can be used in a surge for ventilation. We have also ordered an additional 2,000 devices and expect delivery within the next few weeks.
Health First has over 200 beds that we will be able to designate to support those with respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19, with 102 of those being ICU beds.
We have a surge plan that can increase the number to an additional 276 beds and 87 of those could be converted to ICU beds.
However, we are working closely with Brevard County as well as local hotels on how we could partner in the event of over-capacity and being able to use their resources to care for those who are sick.
Finally, we are receiving supplies every day. Other than the small size N-95 masks, we have a full stock of critical Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
We are negotiating directly with suppliers and are receiving opportunities to purchase supplies from individuals in the community like Rep. Randy Fine, who assisted us with finding sources for needed supplies.
We are receiving supplies daily including gowns, gloves, surgical masks and N-95 masks.
– Steve Johnson, Health First CEO & President
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